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Long Beach Poly, Wilson Break Records At CIF Swimming Finals

Both Long Beach Poly and Wilson were able to deliver record performances at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 finals over the weekend at the Riverside Aquatics Complex.

The Wilson boys’ medley relay team of freshman Hank Rivers, freshman Gray Carson, junior Mazen Abouelela and senior Max Berg broke a 41-year old school record with a 1:34.82 that was good enough for a fifth place finish.

Rivers won the 100 Breaststroke with a 55.39 to break a 40-year old school record. He also finished sixth in the 50 Freestyle.

Wilson junior Brandon Samaniego finished third in the 500 Freestyle, and seventh in the 200 Individual Medley.

Poly junior Casey Lait took the silver medal in the 100 Backstroke (49.32) and was eighth in the 100 Butterfly.

Wilson freshman Gray Carson was eighth in the 100 Freestyle.

The Long Beach Poly girls finished fifth overall, which is the best finish in school history. The 200 Medley Relay of junior Josie Liebzeit, senior Emily Lester, sophomore Kate Cassiano and sophomore Victoria Quach took fifth in the first race of the meet. Liebzeit went on to medal in the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Backstroke.

Lakewood senior Maelynn Lawrence took third in the 500 Freestyle, and fourth in the 200 Freestyle.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.